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November 24, 2013

Teachers Pay Teachers SALE!

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Head over to our store &
find some great items!!!
We have posted several new products!
Here are just a few:

You do not want to miss this sale!
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Happy Shopping!
Karen & Alison

November 9, 2013

Building Vocabulary

Building vocabulary relating to science is very important to help children fully understand the concepts being taught in the classroom.

There are a number of ways to build their vocabulary in the classroom.  So many of my readers are pros at it!

One way is to create a word wall by adding the vocabulary words as they are being taught in the classroom.  You could put them under an alphabet strip/letters or in a grid format depending on your wall space.  I used the tri-fold foam boards for easy travel & organization. I placed them on top of my cabinets to get them as low to the children without furniture covering them up. Then we were told to take everything off our cabinets and they had to go.

Now I make them in a different way.  I make smaller anchor charts with the vocabulary word under the given topic & a picture clue to match.  They seem to be effective with my class. These anchor charts are 2 sheets of paper turned long like a hotdog.  You trim them in the middle and presto a compact anchor chart that does not take up too much room!

These match the 2nd Grade Cy-Fair study guide.
If you need some made for your class, feel free to email me @ planethappysmiles@gmail.com

Here are the posters I have made.  You can find them in my TPT store.
I am currently working on:


Another way I have tried to increase their vocabulary is by making stations that they use their words often.  I am in the process of putting them together to load online soon!

Once I load my stations there are cards you can use for your word wall & for the small group activity.

Two other anchor charts you may love are ...
Scientific Process (Newest Addition)
Properties of Matter (Best Seller)

I have a few others I am in the process of completing and I will load them soon.
Happy Vocabulary Building!

November 3, 2013

My Schedule for 1st Grade

I am so excited to be linking up with Susan Jones from:Sometimes I  TGIF!  Thank God It's First Grade!
 Click on the picture to go to her site & link up! 
I can't wait to see what you are doing!

Schedule Linky:

Here is my schedule for 1st Grade! 
I hope it gives you a peek into my day
and how busy it is!
I was busy in Kinder,
but I did not have the time constraints 
of switching classes.  
Moving from Kinder to First Grade
has been GREAT!

 Here is a look at my day ...
My partner at All Smiles in 2nd Grade created
schedule cards for a "Target" Pocket chart or for a 
standard schedule chart.

 She keeps a happy face clip on the side of the chart 

to keep them focused and on track.  Her kids love to

move the clip down as they go through their day. I use
the polka dot set to match my room.  They look great
with my decor, too!
It is a win-win!

She made them in more than one design to fit more
classrooms.  If you need a different design, feel free to
message us!  Below are the designs we have.  You can
click on the style you like to go to the store:
Chevron (rainbow & white)
Chevron (rainbow & black)
Chevron (black & white)
Chevron (aqua)
Polka Dot (black & white)

Here is a picture of the zebra cards that Karen uses:
May your year run smoothly!
Happy Teaching,


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